Jose Andrés is to food and restaurants what Peyton Manning is to quarterbacks and football. He is revered in his industry and everyone tries to emulate him.
And it’s no wonder. Andrés has built a growing empire of restaurants from coast to coast and beyond. He started with Jaleo years ago, a Spanish tapas restaurant in D.C. and moved on to Zaytinya, Cafe Atlantico, America Eats, Oyamel, and minibar, also in DC. Jaleo has been replicated in other cities, minibar has entered the Vegas market under the name of é by José Andrés, and he recently expanded his reach to Puerto Rico.
I’ve eaten at most of Andrés’ DC restaurants, but I was very interested to try China Poblano, his newest concept that recently opened in Las Vegas. I had read quite a bit about it and was delighted that we were headed to Nevada so I could check it out for myself. It sounded like fusion, but once we stepped inside, we found that it’s really two restaurants in one, with two separate menus, two separate chefs and two kitchens. Diners can order off either or both menus, and build a fun and delicious meal…which is exactly what we did:
China Poblano is one of a vast number of restaurants in Las Vegas where you can eat very creative food without it costing an arm and a leg. And the list seems to be growing all the time as big name chefs develop more casual eateries up and down the strip.